As a volunteer at the National Runaway Switchboard, I get a lot of calls where I try my very best to help someone in a difficult situation by using…

As a volunteer at the National Runaway Switchboard, I get a lot of calls where I try my very best to help someone in a difficult situation by using the resources available through the hotline.   My favorite types of calls though are the ones that have to do with the Home Free program. What happens is that sometimes after a youth has runaway from home they later decide they want to return home, but they nor their family have the means to transport them back home. This is when the Home Free program comes in handy. See, the Home Free program is a partnership between NRS and Greyhound Lines that provides youth with free bus tickets home. It really is a great program because what’s greater then helping someone get home safely without worrying about the cost or any other complications coming up. This program is available to youth from the age of 12 to 20, and has already helped 10,000 youth return home.   Like any other program, there is a process you have to go through, as well as certain qualifications you have to fall into. The process is basically talking about why you left home and why you want to return. Then we have a conference call with your parents where we talk about the situation and step up a plan of what’s going to happen once you return home. After we check out a few more things, NRS makes the arrangements for the trip back home through Greyhound. This process takes a while, but in the end, the youth is returned safely back home with no worries. Remember that for this to happen the first step is to call 1-800-RUNAWAY.   – Ruben

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